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Anagram: A Short List of Popular Anagrams and Its Definition

Published Monday, June 26, 2006

Anagram is the rearrangement (reordering) of the letters of a word, phrase or words (sentence) to make another word, phrase or a sentence. This new word, phrase or words formed from the rearrangement, contains all the letters of the original word or phrase or sentence but only in a different order. This means therefore they are both spelt with the same set of letters. Thus, anagram can be used to rearrange the letters of a word, phrase or sentence so as to discover a secret (hidden) message. This is used in a word game that involves the forming of anagrams. For example, “Butterfly” is an anagram of “Flutter-by”. An anagram that reads the same backward as forward is called palindrome, e.g., “Anna,” “Able was I ere I saw Elba” and “Draw, o coward”.

Anagrams have been around for a very long time, this goes way back in history. Anagram is said to have been originated in 260 B.C. by the Greek poet Lycophron who lived in Alexandria at the palace of King Ptolemy Philadelphus (285-247 B.C.) where he used them to flatter those who hold high social status, position and wealth. It is also mentioned by some historians to be invented without authority by the Jews. Hebrew writers (the Kabbalists) were, fond of its use and asserted that " secret mysteries are woven in the numbers of letters." The study of anagrams has been called the Great Art due to the fact that the word ANAGRAMS can be rearranged to produce the word ARS MAGNA, which is the Latin name for Great Art.

Here are few popular and very clever anagrams for you to enjoy. These anagrams show the amusing results of rearranging (transposing) the letters of a word, phrase or sentence to form another which are relevant and humorous to each other. There are lots more out there which can be placed in different subject categories but this will be a general anagram list. Needless to say also, there are anagrams that are vulgar in nature that goes cleverly with the original word, phrase or sentence. However, those will not be included here.

A Rearrange Word
A Decimal Point I'm a Dot in Place
A Domesticated Animal Docile, as a Man Tamed it
A Gentleman Elegant Man
A Rolling Stone Gathers No Moss Stroller on Go, Amasses Nothing
Admirer Married
Animosity Is No Amity
Astronomer Moon Starer
Bill Gates gets a bill
Butterfly Flutter-by
Clint Eastwood Old West Action
Clothespins So Let's Pinch
Circumstantial evidence Can ruin a selected victim
Contradiction Accord not in it
Conversation Voices Rant On
David Letterman Nerd Amid Late TV
Debit card Bad Credit
Desperation A Rope Ends It
Dormitory Dirty Room
Election Promises Come-ons, lies, tripe!
Election results Lies! Let's recount
Eleven plus two Twelve plus one
Elvis Lives
Funeral Real Fun
George Bush He bugs Gore
Halloween Awe Hell No
Heavy Rain? Hire a Navy!
Howard Stern Retard Shown
Indomitableness Endless ambition


Listen Silent
Laxative Exit Lava
Magic tricks grim sick act
Males never ask for directions Keen crisis of men's road travel
Many a true word is spoken in jest Men joke, and so win trusty praise
Margaret Thatcher That Great Charmer
Martha Stewart rawest math rat
Michael Jackson He can mock jails
Michael Jordan Major held icon
Mother-in-law Woman Hitler
My Life Is Over Vile Of Misery
Napster Net Raps
New Years Eve We Erase Envy
No Admittance Contaminated
October Sky Rocket Boys
One good turn deserves another Do rogues endorse that? No, never!
Operating systems Gates strips money
Osama Bin Laden An Islam bad one
Payment Received Every cent paid me
Precaution I put on care
Prenatal Parental
Presbyterian Best In Prayer
President Saddam Hussein Human disaster dispensed
Princess Diana End Is A Car Spin
Protectionism Nice to imports

Rome was not built in a day Any labor I do wants time
Saddam Hussein UN's said he's mad
Schoolmaster The classroom
Semolina Is No Meal
Silicon Graphics A Long Chip Crisis
Slot Machines Cash Lost in 'em
Snooze Alarms Alas! No More Z's
Statue of Liberty Built to Stay Free
Stormy weather Showery matter
Sunshine and Shadow Show in Sun and Shade
The Answer Wasn't Here
The Country Side No City Dust Here
The Detectives Detect Thieves
The Earthquakes That Queer Shake
The Eyes They See
The Hilton Hint: Hotel
The Microsoft Corporation Horror of Competition Acts
The Morse Code Here Come Dots
The Public Art Galleries Large Picture Halls, I Bet
The Railroad Train Hi! I Rattle and Roar
The United States Bureau of Fisheries I Raise the Bass to Feed Us in the Future
The United States of America Attaineth its cause, freedom
Tired Nerves Tense Driver
Truth Is It Hurts

Vacation Times I'm Not as Active
Valentine Poems Pen mates in love
Western Union No Wire Unsent

Year two thousand A year to shut down

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This is the most interactive and wordwise post I have read on Did You Know?

Do you know that Anagram is an alien word to most people in Nigeria? And how Anagram can be used to improve the knowledge of words to school children and can make scrabble more interesting.

God bless.

There is a very good online anagrammer and word builder which is a must see for anybody interested in anagrams, scrabble, literati or other word games. Check it out at


Those were really neat... I have to agree w/the Howard Stern one; sometimes I wonder about him.


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Thanks for the info. I will check it out.

Thanks. It is very suprising what you can out of a word just by rearranging it.

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